Few artists have been so widely discussed among guitar players in terms of tone influence.
Players around the entire world have tried to replicate Stevie Ray Vaughan’s licks and tone, and it sure as hell is not easily done.
Stainless steel frets in some custom made necks make it even easier to bend and shake.
A good, fat/big neck will enhance sustain, punch, harmonics and richness in your tone, which is you want when going for the SRV tone.
But make sure that the frets and neck together are not too big for your hands.
You need to be able to play quickly with lots of bending without getting tired after 3 minutes of Texas Flood.
If you can use only one amp we recommend one of the Fender blackface amps.
Yes, you need the bigger 40W amps to achieve the same stage volume as Stevie, but for miced gigs (and recordings) you don’t need any volume.
You won’t sound like Stevie at all, more like an amateur – you will not be able to make the bends and shakes as precise and quick as they should, all your notes will be flat without nuances, vibrato and touch’n’feel.We believe it’s his brute force and powerful technique that makes true fans recognize SRV by only hearing two seconds of a full-tone double string bend-and-shake lick from “Live at the El Mocambo”.This brute energy and control in his hands enables him with a technique and string touch that forms all his notes.But you can experiment with two, three or maybe four amps that are dialed in differently, some cranked, some clean, some with pedals in front, some that gives you tight and punchy bass response and some that gives you singing lead tone.You will experience a big, compound and complex tone that gets you closer to the SRV feel.The overdriven tone with sustain and harmonics can only come from cranked amps and/or pedals.This is a big topic itself, we have to leave it out for now.The SRV-tone can achieved with many different guitars, amps, pedals and speakers as long as you use them correctly together.But, after having said this – SRV hung on to some specific pieces of gear and ways to use his gear, that made his tone as we know it. Strings It is not just the matter of big strings, it’s the relation between string gauge and the power in your hands and fingers. He had no problems with bending and shaking 013, 015, 019 strings for hours.His unique signature tone and straightforward pentatonic Texas blues licks can be immediately recognized.SRV invented his own licks, riffs and phrasings, and he borrowed things from players that inspired him such as Albert King, Jimi Hendrix and his older brother Jimmie Vaughan.